United Poultry Concerns April 16 , 2004

Help Ban Foie Gras in California!


14 April 2004

Help Ban Foie Gras in California!
Letters needed in support of SB1520 -- Hearing date is set for April 26.

SB1520 (a bill that would ban the production and sale of foie gras in the State of California) has been sent to the Business and Professions Committee.

Foie gras is made from the unnaturally enlarged livers of ducks and geese who have been cruelly force-fed.  Birds raised for foie gras are confined to cages and fed a high-protein, high-starch diet designed to promote rapid growth. When they are between 8-10 weeks old, ducks and geese are subjected to gavage feeding: a tube is pushed five inches down their throats so they can be force-fed up to 2 lbs. of grain and fat two to three times a day for the next three weeks.  On average, they are force-fed 20 to 30 percent of their body weight each day. Sometimes a stick is used to force it down.

The birds' livers, which become engorged from a carbohydrate-rich diet, can grow to more than 10 times their normal size. Birds have difficulty standing, and they tear out their own feathers and cannibalize one another as a result of stress. The mortality rate of birds raised for foie gras has been found to be as much as 20 times higher than that of birds raised normally, and carcasses show wing fractures and severe tissue damage to the throat muscles.

Because of the suffering it causes, the force-feeding of birds has been outlawed in at least a dozen countries, including Austria, Germany, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Israel previously the fourth-largest producer of foie gras in the world. California can set a humane precedent in the United States by following suit.

We need your help to ensure that this bill is passed into law and this inhumane practice is
ended in our state. There is only one foie gras producer in California (Sonoma Foie Gras), but they've already hired an attorney to work on their behalf and have recruited exclusive
restaurateurs to fight for this high-priced luxury item made from diseased ducks.

Please fax or email a polite letter to the following members of the Senate Business and Profession Committee

Senator Liz Figueroa (Chair)
Fax: 916/327-2433
Represents Alameda and Santa Clara counties and includes the cities of Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Newark, Pleasanton, San Jose, San Leandro, Union City and the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, San Lorenzo, and Sunol.

Senator Sam Aanestad 
Fax: 916/445-7750
Represents Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn , Nevada , Placer, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba counties.

Senator James Brulte
Fax: 916/327-2272
Represents all of Alta Loma, Redlands, the San Bernardino County mountain communities, the Twenty-Nine Palms area, Upland, Yucaipa, and portions of Fontana, Highland, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, and San Bernardino. In Riverside County it includes all of Banning, Beaumont , Calimesa, Moreno Valley. and portions of the Hemet/San Jacinto area, and Riverside .

Senator Gilbert Cedillo
Fax: 916/327-8817
Represents East Los Angeles, Florence-Graham, Los Angles, Maywood, San Marino, South Pasadena, Vernon and Walnut Park.

Senator Michael Machado
Fax: 916/323-2304
Represents Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo Counties. Cities in the district include Davis, Dixon, Fairfield, Isleton, Manteca, Stockton, Tracy, Vacaville, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland.

Senator Kevin Murray
Fax: 916/445-8899
Represents Culver City and Los Angeles, and the communities of Hollywood, Hancock Park, Ladera Heights, Los Feliz, View Park-Windsor Hills, and Westmont.

Senator Edward Vincent
Fax: 916/445-3712
Represents the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lynwood and Paramount. The district also includes a portion of the cities of Compton, Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of farmed animals, today and every day.

- Kim Sturla & Ned Buyukmihci, Cofounders

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